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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 17    <>  MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2001

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Eat croix, with all the comforts of home. The old musical admonition to forget all your troubles and forget all your cares can be presently heard warbling sprightly from the marketing division of our newly downtown Giants. And certainly the prospect of attending a game in a jewelbox ballpark nestled brightly amid the other prominent and civic-minded commercial showcases of the New Economy might well ventilate a bit of the hothouse pressure of contemporary California living. Unless of course your seats happen to be in the uppermost three rows of the View Level at PacBell, where the wind and cold blast through the open chain-link wall, with a ten to fifteen degree difference in temperature from the rows below. Could one speculate that this seating is — were we forced to single out one of the enterprises with whom we deal daily — Enron’s contribution to the stadium infrastructure? (That is, as distinct from its gift to the state generally.) We’re wondering because the park’s scoreboard doesn’t seem to miss any opportunities to grandly apprise us of the most recently expressed best wishes to us from Enron’s CEO, the latest Enron exec to visit our fair city, etc. Indeed, it’s the rare oversight when corporations overlook the chance to garner recognition due them in formulating the thoughtful environments which service their customers and host city.

— John Hutchison

An illustrated guide to the Board of Supervisors. Protests continue long and loud over plans approved by the Department of Public Works to subdivide a piece of property at 692 DeHaro, on Potrero Hill,into three lots. In a hearing before the supes last Monday, some neighbors pleaded for the preservation of butterflies, open space, and an old house; others cried, “Enough! Let the deed be done.”

The proposed infill would create six residential units with one of the most spectacular views in the city; it would also wipe out a little piece of local history. Perplexed, Jake McGoldrick consulted maps; perplexed, the supes voted to continue the matter for a week. An onsite visit might have help clarify the issue. Or maybe not.

Making the cut. On the other side of town, bulldozers are breaking a passageway through a controversial park between Clay and Washington — or actually, slicing a little off one side to extend Davis for a block.

It’s a puzzling cut — if this was a briss, you’d wonder about the sanity of the moyel. Or at least, be suspicious. Davis still doesn’t run straight through — it’s stopped by the internal driveway of Golden Gateway Apartments. Are three penguins standing in the path of the next bisection?

Calling Alice B. Toklas. There it was, inserted in the supes’ agenda for Monday, April 23, by Supervisor Chris Daly: Motion asking the Legislative Analyst to report on the number of baked goods that San Francisco’s seniors would have to sell to earn $36 million for affordable housing, if these baked goods are sold for $0.25 each. You do the math.

One, two, three — you’re it! Rebecca Silverberg reports in the newsletter of the Excelsior District Improvement Association that Assemblyman Kevin Shelley has set his sites higher, seeing himself as the next California secretary of state.

The question of the hour becomes, who will aim for the seat Shelley is vacating? Not the much-rumored Gavin Newsom, who has ruled himself out. Silverberg spins around three times and picks — District 4 supervisor Leland Yee. Any other takers?

Wanted: designer for a revolution. An inchoate movement is burbling for a boycott of the hometown corporations who insist on sticking to the business tax settlement. To take off, the burbles need a logo. Got any ideas? Email the Call.